Bus accidents don’t happen all that often, but when they do, the resulting legal issues can be complicated. Because of their size, bus accidents in Philadelphia can range from minor fender benders all the way up to catastrophic incidents with multiple fatalities, although fatalities are rare. Some of these injuries and deaths can be attributed to driver error, while others may be attributed to the bus owners or design flaws because there are generally no seat belts.
Attorneys who handle bus accident cases must explore a wide range of issues in helping clients seek legal remedies for their losses.
In most bus accidents, determining who is responsible will start with the bus driver. However, this does not rule out the possibility that other passenger car drivers, the bus driver’s employer or even the bus manufacturer are also responsible as well.
Attorneys must dig deep to determine if the driver was adequately trained or if they were suffering from fatigue because they drove too many hours over the legally allowed maximum. They will also look at the driver’s overall safety record to see if they have been in other accidents and will also consider the possibility that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.
From there, the attorneys will determine if the bus was in good mechanical working condition and whether or not it was serviced on a regular basis. And because buses have a different load profile than other vehicles, an attorney will also look at whether or not the bus was properly loaded with luggage and passengers.
If you are the victim of an accident involving a bus, contact Master Weinstein and Moyer. We have helped people just like you recover millions of dollars in accident settlements for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. We serve clients in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York communities.